Clint Frazier: Prospect Profile for Cleveland Indians' 1st-Round Pick

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Clint Frazier: Prospect Profile for Cleveland Indians' 1st-Round Pick
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Player: Clint Frazier

Drafted by: Cleveland Indians (No. 5 Overall)

Position: OF

DOB: 9/6/1994 (Age: 18)

Height/Weight: 6’1”/190 lbs

Bats/Throws: R/R

School: Loganville (Ga.) HS

College Commitment: Georgia

 

Background

Clint Frazier is a rare breed of high school player; he’s the amalgamation of innate natural ability, loud, mature tools and a relentless work ethic. However, it wasn’t until the 2012 season that scouts began to take notice of the high-intensity redhead.

It began when Frazier dropped jaws with his all-around performance at the 2012 Perfect Game National Showcase. Recently converted from third base to the outfield, he showcased his unique collection of above-average-to-plus-plus tools for the first time and, as a result, immediately shot up the draft boards.

Since then Frazier has only solidified his status as a likely top-10 overall pick thanks to an outstanding summer on the showcase circuit, so much so that he was bestowed with the 2012 Jackie Robinson Award by Perfect Game as the nation’s top prep player.

 

Full Scouting Report

Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is average, with the current score first and projected score second.

Hitting: 50/65

Best bat speed in the 2013 draft class; seriously, it's really, really special; wrists and forearms are loaded with quick-twitch muscles; showcases wrist action that can’t be taught; compact, explosive swing; clean, direct bat path; crushes velocity; gets through baseball with ease; aggressive hitter who attacks the baseball; can struggle to recognize spin at times; will occasionally cut himself off with front foot; drives the ball off a firm front side; uses whole field; tendency to swing and miss may come into play at next level.  

Courtesy of Steve Fiorindo (BullpenBanter.com)

 

Power: 50/60

Plus-plus raw power potential; drives the ball to all fields; advanced power frequency; more thump to center and the pull side; wrist strength and bat speed allow him to put a charge into the ball even when his balance is off; ball absolutely jumps off the barrel; generates tons of backspin carry; hits everything out in front; keeps head down on contact even when taking a hearty cut; bat speed and power could play at the highest level right now.

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Plate Discipline: 40/55

Hits all types of pitching; crushes good fastballs and mistakes; impressive feel for the strike zone relative to his swing and ability; patient and selective approach; can get too jumpy at breaking balls; solid pitch recognition with room to improve; discipline and approach should noticeably improve at the next level as he’s pitched around less.

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Speed: 50/50

Above-average runner with quick feet; already physically mature at 6’1”, 190 pounds; hard to see him gaining a step moving forward; gets out of the box quickly; speed plays better on the basepaths than in the field; will steal some bases, but likely will never be a base stealer.

 

Defense: 45/55

Fringy center field profile; has the athleticism and tools to handle the position as an amateur; takes aggressive routes; may be forced to move to a corner at the next level; reads and jumps are raw; athleticism makes his defense appear cleaner than it actually is.

 

Arm: 55/55

Showcased plus arm headed into his junior season; arm fatigue and mild tendinitis have detracted from overall arm strength; merely an average tool at the moment; could alter the probability of shifting to a corner spot if it doesn’t improve; may force drafting organization to keep him in center.

 

MLB Player Comparison: Mike Trout (Note: This comparison is related to his tools and natural ability, and not his future impact in the major leagues.)

 

Projection: Everyday outfielder on first-division team; multiple All-Star games; potential MVP candidate.

 

MLB ETA: 2016

 

Chances of Signing: 99.9%

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